Thinking with Type, Second Revised and Expanded Edition: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors, and Students (Design Briefs) Paperback – 1 Sep 2010
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If you are a beginner who wants to learn the basics of type, some of its history and see examples & advice on style & layout, then you'll find this book very helpful.
If you already have a familiarity with type you'll find this book a little thin. It may cast light on some of your bad habits and give you a few new nuggets of information, but that's about it.
If your interest is in the art side of Typography and/or you intend to design typefaces yourself, digitally or by hand, this book is definitely NOT for you. Save your money.
The book uses clear examples to illustrate the correct way to set your type. The humourously titled 'Type Crimes', which appear throughout the book, show you memorably bad examples of what not to do. These are helpful lessons.
The historical background behind printed letterforms is concise and interesting. You'll come away with a better understanding of why letters from different typefaces look the way they do.
The explanation of different weights within a typeface family and the role they fulfil should, with practice, help you select the right tool for the job.
The book sometimes lacks consistency, dedicating too much focus to some areas and too little in others. For example Grid layouts are covered at great length to the point of tedium, yet Kerning is given only 2 pages.
The occasional uneven presentation of topics, of abrupt brevity in some cases and over-indulgence in others, make this more a text book than a reference book.Read more ›
And that's exactly what she created. This book is an excellent entrance point into typography, and the author's enthusiasm for the subject comes across very warmly. It's delicately balanced to offer a bit of history, a bit of technical terminology, a few how-to's and what-not-to-ever-do's. I've picked up and put back down two other uninspiring typography books - 'Typography' by Ambrose/Harris, 'Logo, Font and Lettering Bible' by Leslie Cabarga - but this book captured my attention and ignited my imagination. And that's really the point of reading design books isn't it? Not to just admire what you see, but to feel inspired to create your own work.
Other typography books may be better at drumming in the technicalities, or teaching you how to practically implement things in InDesign or HTML/CSS. But this book gently informs, entertains and encourages, turning a mild interest into a fascination. It's really an easy and most definitely worthwhile read, presenting typography not as a strict discipline to be mastered, but an expressive art form to be admired, enjoyed and played with.
Do your self a favour and spend the extra £2 and get it in print.
I have just bought the printed edition as the kindle edition is useless.
Thinking with Type is an ideal book for people wanting to learn about typography, it's now on its second edition and is one of the best-selling design books on Amazon. the book has 224 pages spanning from information about Grids to Type Hierarchy. The examples of typographic layout and design are from both modern design and classical design.
Towards the book of the book are exercises to complete and also guides to both proofreading and editing text. We highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn or expand his or her knowledge on typography.
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I'm sure it's a great book, but unfortunately I can't read it. I bought the kindle book and can't zoom in or make text larger. Very disappointing, I'll be requesting a refund.Published 4 months ago by Joshua
I purchased the e-book version and the content is great, just what I needed for my graphic design course. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Content is great and the book is well worth reading.
However the Kindle edition is unusable and looks like a shoddy scan.
Buy a hard copy.